- North Carolina has a rich heritage of African American participation in the development of the culture, education and economics of the state.
- Thousands of school children from all over the state visit Raleigh each year to learn about our government and history, but they learn little about black history and heritage.
- North Carolina is one of only a few states that have not yet honored with a public monument the African American experience in struggling for freedom from slavery, Jim Crow segregation and racial discrimination.
- The Freedom Park will offer a place for school children, visitors, residents, citizens, and policymakers to learn about the contributions of African Americans toward a better society we all share and to reflect upon the importance of full freedom for every citizen and the sanctity of justice and equality.
- The ongoing progress of creating this Park has involved grassroots participation, state government contribution of a unique site adjacent to the State Legislature and continuing communication with a broad spectrum of potential funders. With public and private support, the Freedom Park can be completed and offer educational and cultural programs by 2020.
- Already, the North Carolina Freedom Park received a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects Triangle Section for the project’s design.
- The Park will be constructed on a central one-acre site in the Capital City of Raleigh, between the State Legislature and the Governor’s Mansion, on State property
- After construction by the Park’s non-profit corporation, the Park will be gifted to the State, likely to the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources for maintenance
- The Council of State granted a gratuitous 10- year lease of this prime property (est. value approximately $6.0 million) for constructing the Park with a timeline for raising the construction funds by the end of 2017 and completion of the Park by 2020
- Fundraising goal $5.0 million: design and construction – $3.0 million; administration, campaign costs, educational programming prior to completion – $0.5 million; upkeep and programming endowment subsequent to completion – $1.5 million. Capital fund raising has begun in 2017 with silent phase
Ways to Help
Welcome to the online hub of the North Carolina Freedom Park project. We are a nonprofit dedicated to building a public sculpture park in downtown Raleigh to commemorate historic and on-going struggles for freedom in North Carolina. This park provides a beautiful space in the heart of the state capitol where people can reflect on the past through the sculptural elements, rest and recreate in the present, and be inspired for the future. We need YOU to help us make this dream a reality. Click on one of the links to learn more and get involved today!